I have been induced to undertake the present work under
the idea that, in spite of the many excellent compilations of
the same class already in existence, there is scarcely one
that is at the same time complete, up-to-date, and sufficiently
explicit in the matter of references. To meet this want I
have given the fullest possible reference to chapter and verse
for each quotation; and by drawing the quotations from
the best obtainable editions of the Authors themselves, and
not from other books of reference, I have, I hope, been able
to correct many errors which have crept in through the use
of “Quotations of Quotations”.
As it would have been impossible to have included in a
single volume a complete list of well-known quotations and
sayings from the earliest historic times to the present day,
this work has been divided into Parts, the present volume
containing quotations from only English and American
Authors, translations being carefully excluded; I have,
however, made an exception in the case of the English
The second volume, edited by Mr. T. B. Harbottle, which is now nearly ready for press, will contain quotations from only Greek and Latin writers; and it is hoped, if the success of these two Parts warrants it, to complete the work with a volume dealing with modern Continental writers.
My best thanks are due to many friends, especially to Mr.
W. Swan Sonnenschein and Mr. J. G. Cotton Minchin,
who, during the past five years, have kindly and materially
assisted me in my labours, by providing me with many
books essential to the undertaking, which I might otherwise
have been put to much difficulty and inconvenience to
P. H. DALBIAC.